Canadians travelling in Europe can now access their regular mobile talk, text and data plans while roaming abroad for a $10 per day fee.
A new “Roam Like Home” plan was unveiled by Rogers (which owns MoneySense) on Friday. It allows customers to use their mobile devices in 35 European countries using the same plans—with the same charges—they normally use at home. The service is provided for a flat daily fee, as opposed to paying per megabyte (MB) or going through the process of buying a travel pack on top of an existing Canadian bundle.
The roaming service is available only to Rogers’ Share Everything plan members and costs $10 per day for up to 10 days, or a maximum of $100 per month. In other words back-packers, taking extensive holidays will only pay $100 on top of their regular plan costs to roam for an entire month starting April 15 in eligible countries.
Calls and texts to local numbers in the country they’re visiting or back to Canada are included and no long distance charges apply for those calls.
The U.S. “Rome Like Home” option, first introduced back in November, will remain at $5 per day or a maximum of $50 extra per month. Over the past six months, more than million customers have enrolled to use the service, according to a Rogers press release.
“They are now using their phone in the U.S. just like they would at home,” said Guy Laurence, CEO of Rogers. “Given how much customers love Roam Like Home in the U.S. it made sense to expand it so now our customers can use it in over 35 European countries.”
A typical European travel pack including up to 500 MB of Internet usage and 200 talk minutes costs roughly $95 per month but also comes with hefty overage charges to the tune of $20 per 20 MB, so “Roam Like Home” could offer substantial savings to some business travellers and vacationers.
Share Everything plan members can opt into the service once, by texting the word “travel” to 222. Every time they cross the border after that, “Roam Like Home” will kick in automatically.